Why are they not laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jeanne1, Jul 10, 2010.

  1. jeanne1

    jeanne1 Out Of The Brooder

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    My chickens are 16 months old and I am lucky to get 5 eggs a day out of 14 chickens. [​IMG] Some of the are missing feathers, I know this is normal but they have been doing this since March. What can I do to help them? Also, is it OK to give them table scraps. Thanks for your help
     
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    I suspect they are molting. Many things can cause that and sometimes molts can last for several months. Often it is the days getting shorter in the fall but not always. If you are in the southern hemisphere, I'd really expect it to be molting. When they molt they greatly reduce laying and spend their energy growing new feathers. These links may help you.

    Mississippi State describes molting
    http://msucares.com/poultry/management/poultry_feathers.html

    Kansas State feather loss
    http://www.ksre.ksu.edu/library/lvstk2/mf2308.pdf

    Table scraps are fine. Just don't give them too much. They need a balanced diet which they get from their regular feed. If they can clean up the table scraps you give them in 15 to 20 minutes, they are fine.

    Good luck!!!

    Editted to add

    If it is not molting, a drop in egg production usually means they are hiding them from you or something is eating them, usually an egg eating chicken but it could be a predator.
     
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  3. Sillystunt

    Sillystunt Master of the Silly

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    Winter Haven, FL
    What else are you feeding them? I also think molting unless you have a super ROOOOOO! LOL

    I know giving them soybeans will have them laying like crazy.......... Eneime bens are soybeans and you can find them in the freezer section at the food store. steam them good cause beans must ALWAYS be cooked to be safe for chickens!

    Best of luck.................
     
  4. jeanne1

    jeanne1 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you both very much. I guess I didn't think that chickens can molt for 3 months. The table scraps are gone in 5 minutes and if I don't have them in my hand when I let them out in the morning they are very put out:lol:. I live in Montana and our spring and summer so far has been odd. Cold for a week and then hot , I suppose that could be effecting them as well.
     

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